Manoj Kumar has joined Oman-headquartered Ray International as a Group CIO. The Group has interests Oil & gas, energy, manufacturing, engineering, skill development, logistics, etc. Kumar, in his new role, will be working on SAP and EPICOR roll out along with BI, CRM and Enterprise mobility implementation. Besides, his key job would be to accelerate the digital transformation journey of the group. He has over two decades of experience and last served APL Apollo Group as CIO.
Bishwanath Ghosh retired from Mahindra and Mahindra as a CIO on 1st April 2021 after spending over 12 years with the automotive firm. He has joined M&M in the year 2008 as a Head of IT in the Automotive and was soon given the responsibility to head IT for Auto & Farm Equipment Sectors before moving to the Corporate office as a CIO. “I’m retiring from Mahindra but not retiring from life,” Gosh told ETCIO in an interview.
Pooraan Jaiswal has joined Entero Healthcare as the CTO and will report to the startup’s COO, Prem Sethi. Entero is into the healthcare industry’s supply chain management and has a distribution network across the country. It serves over 50,000 pharmacies and sells medicines of 150 top pharma brands. Jaiswal, last year, ended his three years stint at jewellery brand TBZ, where he was a CTO. He has over two decades of professional experience and was associated with Globus, Rediff.com, NIIT Technologies, etc in the past.
Around 55% of the CIOs plan to increase the total number of full-time employees in their team to push digital initiatives throughout 2021, said research firm Gartner. Positions will be opened for the techies having experience in the areas of automation, cloud, analytics platforms, and support for remote work. The need to accelerate digital initiatives, by a large margin, will drive talent acquisition, followed by automation and rising cloud adoption.
Bill Miller, SVP and CIO, NetApp said that as a CIO he believes that post-COVID-19 is going to create a very different dynamic in the offices. He suggested that the ideal scenario would be a combination of WFH and work from the office. Miller said that the key challenge, in the post-pandemic world, would be to maintain an expectation of collaboration and productivity from the teams, a few of the employees may be down the street but may not come to the office.
Narottam Sharma has joined global technology company Mastek Group as Group CIO. Mastek offering includes enterprise-level digital transformation services and software. Gurgaon based Sharma, in his new role, will be responsible for digital and IT transformation of the firm which operates in the UK, US, and India. He has over 20 years of professional experience and has worked in industries such as Banking, Insurance, IT/ ITES, Manufacturing, and Services.
Mani Mulki has joined Kedaara Capital as Operating Director – Technology. Kedaara Capital is a PE firm pursuing control and minority investment opportunities in India. Mulki, in the new role, will be responsible for leading the technology at Kedaara Capital and implementing new-age IT products and tools across the enterprise. He has over 30 years of experience and prior to joining Kedaara Capital served at Tata Capital as a CIO.
Sunil Pandey has joined Himachal Futuristic Communication as a CIO. HFCL is the manufacturer of telecom equipment, intelligent power system and Optic Fibre cables and provides turnkey telecom solutions. Pandey, in his new role, will be responsible for the Digital transformation of the firm. He is having 24 years of professional experience and is a certified project management professional. He was also the CIO of Sterlite Power for almost two years.
Amit Singh has been appointed as Deputy VP and Head of Technology- Infrastructure Bharti AXA Life Insurance. Singh, in the recent past, was National Manager- IT Infrastructure at Bajaj Housing Finance. In his 15 years of professional life, he has been associated with Vodafone as Manager- Application Architecture, operations and Infrastructure support and IBM India as Tech lead. Amit has completed the software engineering program from IIT Kharagpur.